I Want to Get Married!

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-10-15
  • Publisher: Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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The rules may differ from country to country, but the dating game is a universal constant. After years of searching for Mr. Right in living-room meetings arranged by family or friends, Ghada Abdel Aal, a young Egyptian professional, decided to take to the blogosphere to share her experiences and vent her frustrations at being young, single, and female in Egypt. Her blog, I Want to Get Married!, quickly became a hit with both men and women in the Arab world. With a keen sense of humor and biting social commentary, Abdel Aal recounts in painful detail her adventures with failed proposals and unacceptable suitors. There's Mr. Precious, who storms out during their first meeting when he feels his favorite athlete has been slighted, and another suitor who robs her in broad daylight, to name just a few of the characters she runs across in her pursuit of wedded bliss. I Want to Get Married! has since become a best-selling book in Egypt and the inspiration for a television series. This witty look at dating challenges skewed representations of the Middle East and presents a realistic picture of what it means to be a single young woman in the Arab world, where, like elsewhere, a good man can be hard to find.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Translator's Notep. xi
I Want to get Married!
The Beginning of the Storyp. 1
The Firstp. 9
I Am Not a Good-for-Nothingp. 13
The Secondp. 16
On Delicacy and Femininityp. 21
The Thirdp. 25
Yes, Love ... No, Lovep. 31
The Fourthp. 36
In Defense of the Egyptian Woman ... the Bullyp. 45
The Fifthp. 50
Habby Falantinep. 57
The Sixthp. 61
Here and There ... Now and Thenp. 75
The Seventhp. 80
How to Hunt Down a Groomp. 95
A-Hunting We Go!p. 101
The Eighthp. 108
O. L. D. M. A. I. D.p. 126
The Ninthp. 129
Why Pay More ... When You Can Pay Less?p. 137
The Tenthp. 142
That Noha Chick Is Engaged! ... Whhhhhhyyyy?!p. 150
Thirties Girlp. 155
In the Endp. 158
A Final Wordp. 159
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